Founders Day 2018

Pupils, staff and guests joined Rector Mr Gambles at Glasgow Cathedral to celebrate the School's Founders' Day on Wednesday, March 14th. 

The annual event is held to honour the school's founders George and Thomas Hutcheson and gives the school community the opportunity to learn about the history behind the school. 

Mr Gambles was delighted to welcome FP Derek Riddell who gave a fascinating Commemoration Address, captivating his audience as he spoke about his highly successful career in acting. 

Derek, (C.1985) is a Scottish television and theatre actor who is now preparing to star in the second Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - The Crimes of Grindelwald. Derek recently starred in the hit BBC thriller series 'The Missing' and has also appeared on popular shows including Doctor Who, Ugly Betty, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road. 

Delivering the Commemoration Address, he spoke about his experiences as an actor and the lasting impression Hutchesons' made on his career. 

On the day, Derek delivered fantastic advice, telling the audience: "If you allow yourself the space to fail you will give yourself the space to succeed."

He also explained how he felt incredibly lucky to have found a job which he remains passionate about 28 years on and he encouraged the senior pupils to find something they are passionate about and to work hard without being afraid of failing. 

He said: "As pupils of Hutchesons' you have the privilege which many others don't have, you are being educated in an incredibly aspirational environment. You are encouraged to be the best you can be, to work hard and to push yourself to succeed but there will be times in your future when despite all efforts things don't work out. Don't be too hard on yourselves because we all fail at times and that is absolutely OK. It's an important part of growing as an individual."

Derek, who will be seen on the big screen later this year in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, credited the school with helping him achieve his success and told how his time at Hutchie had taught him 'the importance of courtesy, of having respect for others, of being a team player, of being gracious in victory as well as defeat and having humility'. Values that he said had served him really well throughout the years. 

He also explained how he really wouldn't be where he is today had it not been for the school and told how a further education bursary from Hutchesons' helped him fund his place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. 

He said: "I had been offered a place at LAMDA and the admissions lady asked me how I was going to fund the place. I managed to convince her that by working during term time, with a little help from my parents and by applying to organisations for scholarships and bursaries I would be able to pay for it.

"I didn't know at the time that Hutchesons' gave out further education bursaries but one of the teachers heard about my situation and encouraged me to apply. That teacher was the late Sandy Strang who taught me English for a couple of years. He made a big impression on me and introduced me to Shakespeare and other great writers like Thomas Hardy and Arthur Miller. 

"He also had the ability to make a piece of used chalk fly from the back of the classroom to land in a bin to the left of the blackboard nine times out of ten. Amazing consistency and to this day no-one is going to convince me he didn't practise that every lunchtime. 

"I'd like to thank Sandy, my parents and Hutchie, because without them I wouldn't be standing here today."

Mr Gambles thanked Derek for his inspirational talk which has left a lasting impression on the Hutchie community. 

To see photographs from the day, please click here

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